By Rich W Woods
Own a Fire TV? No? Why the hell are you reading this? Ok, I have jokes. We get it. Moving on.
Amazon released an update to the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick yesterday bringing many new features, including connecting to hotel or dorm room Wi-Fi with captive portal support, X-Ray on Fire TV, browse and search Prime Playlists, hidden PIN entry, and new shortcuts. Read on for a further description of each new feature.
Connect to your hotel or dorm room Wi-Fi with captive portal support—Take your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more with you when you’re away from home. Fire TV Stick enables you to connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication—this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.
New X-Ray on Fire TV Stick—You can now use X-Ray on Fire TV Stick to explore your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video directly on your TV screen. Powered by IMDb, identify actors and songs in the current scene, explore actor bios, and more by simply clicking the “Up” button on your Fire TV Stick remote.
Browse and search Prime Playlists—Prime members can now take advantage of Prime Music playlists directly from Fire TV Stick—there are hundreds of expertly curated Prime Playlists to choose from based on your mood, activity, artist, or decade of choice.
Browse Prime Music Playlists
Hidden PIN entry—With the new PIN entry screen that hides the numbers selected, you can now make sure your kids can’t see your device PIN as you enter it on-screen to confirm a purchase.
New shortcuts—Quickly put your Fire TV Stick to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on your remote.